Obama Bows Again

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by drjekyllus, Nov 14, 2009.

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    Maybe he will lie about it again.
  2. TGregg


    Geez. More hyperbole. You can see from the pictures that the first case of the "bow" to the Saudi prince - The One bent his knees.

    So technically it wasn't a bow.

    It was a curtsy.
  3. His thinks there is value in making the world love us. America is like a parent, we know the way but sometimes its hard to get the children to understand. Becoming friends and bowing to their wishes is not the answer.
  4. Give the boy a break, he's just doing like he does at home.

    It should be clear by now who wears the pants in the 1st family and it isn't barack.
  5. saxon


    A curtsy? But that's worse, right?? :eek:
  6. He already set the precedent bowing to the Saudi King that now he has to bow to all royalty...

    If he didn't bow the jap emperor then people would've spun it that he gives special respect to the muslim king..
  7. saxon


    I guess a prez has gotta do what a prez has gotta do.

  8. JDL


  9. I've seen this several times and its still a riot.:D
  10. I think Obama show respect for the different culture, not submissive.


    Guide to Bowing
    When living in Japan, there are many aspects of life that are very different from what you might be used to back home. Bowing is one of them, and it's a big part of life here.

    In many countries, bowing is considered a sign of deference or subservience. If you are American, the thought of bowing to someone might seem outrageous--we're all equal after all. If you hail from a European country, bowing might hark back to the era of absolute monarchy, something reserved for Kings, Queens, and Emperors.

    But in Japan, bowing today is a social norm--much like a nod or handshake in the West, but with far more meaning and nuance. Bowing has roots in the history of Shoguns, Emperors, and Empresses, when failing to bow could mean a quick end.

    Fortunately it's not that way in today. These days, Japanese people bow for many different reasons and occasions. Most bowing is a sign of polite respect to authority. An employee may bow to his or her boss. A clerk at a store will bow to a customer.

    Almost anyone working in a service industry--such as at a Japanese restaurant-- will bow to customers, more than once--before, during, and after the meal.

    Mutual bowing is also popular. Someone who receives a gift will bow to the giver, and the gift giver will also bow to the recipient. It can seem the bowing will never end (no one wants to appear rude, after all) but it usually winds down after a few minutes of increasingly muted bows degrading into simple head nodding.

    But perhaps the most prominent and high profile form of bowing is for apology. Deep, low, and prolonged bowing is one of the most effective forms of saying sorry. While this aspect of Japanese culture takes some getting used to--it can seem insincere to the outsider-- it's regarded as truly apologetic.

    If you plan to live in Japan, bowing will become part of your daily routine--but these will be mostly casual, shallow bows that are more like exaggerated head nods. And the type of bowing most foreigners do is casual, polite bowing to someone who has provided a service or gift.

    Bowing shouldn't be looked upon as a sign of deference or submissiveness. It's simply a way of showing respect--to customs, traditions, and people.
    #10     Nov 15, 2009